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What to Expect at VI Market

By Mei Dunlop | May 3, 2019

VI Market promotes local creatives all under one roof. We are the largest market on Vancouver Island with over 200+ vendors in food, visual arts and handmade crafts as well as local talent in music, media and production. We are more than just a craft market because the vision behind growing a creative economy is…

It’s time to give thanks to our Moms and Vendors!

By Mei Dunlop | April 29, 2019

#MothersDayatVIM NANAIMO—May 10th, 2019 — Vancouver Island Market is back just in time for Mother’s Day at former Sears building inside Nanaimo North Town Centre featuring over 100 vendors, local businesses such as Exit Nanaimo, Wild Play Nanaimo, food trucks and more.    10 Free workshops, Guest Speaker in Health and Wellness and live entertainment…

Vendor Spotlight

By Mei Dunlop | April 24, 2019

Creeker Survival Gear has been with us since our very first market in March 2018. They are a family owned business with a passion for the outdoors. Their About me page reads: Growing up in one of the most beautiful places in British Columbia, I spent most of my childhood with good friends hanging out…

Local News Spotlight

By Mei Dunlop | April 22, 2019

We are proud to receive a success story spotlight from Mid Island Business Initiative. They are completely funded by businesses and organizations within the Mid Island region of Vancouver Island, BC and our proud to receive such recognition.

Guest Speaker – What Your Diet Isn’t Telling You: Overcoming Your Biggest Obstacle to Healthy Eating

By Mei Dunlop | April 17, 2019

I love meeting new people ; especially strong women who recognizes lifting each other up is the best way to live a meaningful life. I came to know one of these women in the past couple months in an online business coaching program I’m a part of and this woman is simply incredible. She comes…

Mother’s Day Market – More Free Workshops!

By Mei Dunlop | April 12, 2019

Laura from Laura’s Studio will be teaching classes on Friday and Saturday during Mother’s Day Market! Come and learn how to get started on an embroidery project, use the basic stitches as well as some tips and tricks! Laura will also be selling a range of kits and patterns for further exploration into embroidery and…

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"Being a guest speaker at the Vancouver Island Market was an incredibly fun and positive experience! Mei and her team went way above and beyond my expectations to make it an outstanding event to be a part of. Mei and her team made me feel so supported throughout the entire process, starting with the exposure they gave me through their website and social media platforms before the event, at the the event they promoted me incredibly well, after the event they continued to promote me and my business which generated a lot of interest in what I offer. It couldn’t have gone any better! It was also a fabulous learning experience for me because it showed me ways I can improve what I am doing in my business. Even months later, I continue to reap the rewards from being a guest speaker at the Vancouver Island Market. Thank you so much Team VIM!"

Kirstin McKinnon, Motivational Health Coach

"Thank you to Vancouver Island Market for providing a venue, promotion, and support to the local crafting industry. Part of adapting to climate change means rebuilding our local economy around sustainable, locally grown, and handcrafted small businesses. I would encourage all Nanaimo folk to CHOOSE to support the VIM community instead of an impersonal import economy. I look forward to every event they hold because each one has exceeded expectations so far.
I am especially grateful to VIM as they provided me with a bursary to pursue an international practicum to India to teach in a rural community and partake in a two week internship at an internationally renown seed bank. I am empowered as an agricultural activist and educator to support the next generation of farmers in our community. The bursary VIM offered is a concrete way they are giving back to the community. Thank you Vancouver Island Market!"


Farmer Brown, Farmship Growers Cooperative

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